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Friday, November 2, 2018

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Chayei SaraNovember 3, 201825 Cheshvan 5779
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Candle Lighting5:30 PM
Mincha5:35 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema10:02 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:54 AM
Daf Yomi4:35 PM
Code of Jewish Law4:35 PM
Mincha5:25 PM
Maariv6:24 PM
Shabbat Ends6:29 PM
Shabbat Shalom

Our hearts continue to be with the families and community in Pittsburgh and we pray for God's comfort for them among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. I am drawn to an idea in this week's Parsha. Following the death of Sara, the light in Avraham's tent is gone. According to the midrash, the Divine cloud, challah and Shabbat candles leave his home as Sara is the source of these blessings.

Yet, following Avraham's period of mourning and pain, the Torah states that he arises from "the face of death" and finds strength to perpetuate their joint legacy. He helps his son Yitzchak find a wife, Rivka. The Torah tells us that when Yitzchak marries Rivka, he is "comforted after his mother" and the blessings return to their home. The cloud signifying God's presence envelopes their tent, the challah warms their home and the Shabbat lights restore hope and healing.

We hope that God continues to walk with all of the families and God willing, they are renewed in their faith of God's presence in their lives and that their loved ones be an eternal source of blessing and comfort.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Condolences to the families of
Joyce Fienberg, 75, of Oakland, City of Pittsburgh
Richard Gottfried, 65, of Ross Township
Rose Mallinger, 97, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, of Edgewood Borough
Cecil Rosenthal, 59, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh
David Rosenthal, 54, (brother of Cecil), of Squirrel Hill
Bernice Simon, 84, of Wilkinsburg
Sylvan Simon, 86, (husband of Bernice), of Wilkinsburg
Daniel Stein, 71, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh
Melvin Wax, 88, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh
Irving Younger, 69, of Mt. Washington, City of Pittsburgh
May their memories be for a blessing.

Solidarity Shabbat with Pittsburgh
This Shabbat we join with synagogues nationwide for a Solidarity Shabbat with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh. Across North America, we will gather in prayer, compassion and unity as one people as a reminder of the power of community.
Evan Bernstein, New York/New Jersey Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, will lead a post kiddush conversation (12:00 PM) about the recent events and rising antisemitism. We also welcome Reverend Greg Doll and members of the Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien, who will be attending towards the end of the 9 AM service to express their solidarity.
Write Letters of Support To the Families: c/o Danny Schiff UJF of Greater Pittsburgh 234 McKee Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
To the First Responders: Mayor's Office, City of Pittsburgh, City County Building, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Two Faiths/One Heart  getting together to partner, reach out, feed the homeless and give thanks. Rabbi Cohen and Father Ed of St Bridget of Ireland have formed a unique Partnership to serve and support the homeless and people in need by conducting a joint food drive for Thanksgiving. Thank you to Jonathan Lerner, Jessie Katz, Richard & Jane Caparo and Emily Tang for their leadership. We will team with Inspirica, Inc CT for this food drive. The goal is to make Thanksgiving a festive occasion for 800+ families in need. We ask for donations of any of the following non-perishable food items by November 11: Corn, Applesauce, Coffee, Tea, Sweet Potatoes and Disposable Aluminum Roaster Pans. Drop off in the CAS lobby. Join us at CAS on Sunday, November 11 1:30-3:00 PM, with members of St Bridget to box the food donations, design Thanksgiving cards and to deliver to Inspirica. They will distribute the donations on November 20.

Service Notes 
  • Dudes, Daughters and Donuts is ON this Sunday, 9:15 AM
  • Early Mincha 1:30 PM Monday - Thursday at 613 Restaurant starts Monday, November 5
  • We welcome Herzl Makov next Shabbat for a day dedicated to the legacy of Menachem Begin. There will be sunrise minyan at 6:10 AM and the 9:00 AM minyan. We encourage everyone to hear Herzl speak following the Sanctuary Musaf service on Shabbat morning.

  1. The lobby entrance is the only door that should be used for entry as well as exit. All other doors are for emergency only. Do not open or use the Strawberry Hill, Chapel or Sanctuary doors.
  2. Do not congregate at the Chapel or Sanctuary doors. If the Rabbi is speaking, enter quietly and find the first available seat.
  3. No strollers in any area of the building except the main lobby
  4. Do not stack the strollers all the way to block the main lobby doors. Please spread them around the lobby area.
  5. The Stamford Police are present to guard us. Please do not distract them from their duty.
  6. If you see anything out of the ordinary, please let the officer or greeter know

  • Noa Bober, the new JCC Shalicha
  • Mihal and David Ariyeh and Erica and Elliot Safar and their families on the recent move to Stamford

Thank you  to Rachel Licht for hosting a very successful mikvah education event and thank you to Dena Block and Dr. Scott Chudnoff for their thoughtful presentations.

NCSY Shabbaton News 
  • Welcome to Rabbi Shmuel and Bailey Braun, Devorah Weinstock and all of the advisors and teens who are joining us for the New England Regional Fall Shabbaton. Thank you to all of the host families for your generosity. Thank you to Yaakov and Yolly for your leadership in organizing this weekend.
  • NCSY will join the main sanctuary service on Shabbat morning. Rabbi Braun will speak before Musaf and Rabbi Cohen will share a brief reflection in tribute to Pittsburgh Solidarity Shabbat at the end of davening.

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Students in Israel  Dinner with Rabbi Daniel Cohen and the MALT participants. Rabbi Cohen will host a dinner in Jerusalem on Monday evening, Nov. 26th. Please forward your child's information to Rabbi Cohen who will extend an invitation to them.

Chanukah College Packages  CAS would like to send your collegiate a Chanukah care package. Please send you child's email, address and phone number to Kim in the office by Nov. 15th to be included in the gifts for Chanukah.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah Before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and Commentary Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Code of Jewish LawAri Lieberman
Post Kiddush ConversationEvan Bernstein
10:30 shiurAri Lieberman: A Pedagogical Message From Our Fathers.
SermonRabbi Shmuel Braun
Torah ReaderLevi Dulitz
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Daniel Cohen (with NCSY)
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushBarry Best in memory of the 11 kedoshim and in solidarity with their families, the Pittsburgh Jewish community and all of Israel; may Hashem comfort us.
Chapel KiddushJoyce and Larry Haber in honor of Joyce's birthday
Sanctuary KiddushToby Schaffer in honor of NCSY, Len and Lindy Fox in memory of Sylvia Sheldon and an anonymous donor
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM/9:15 AM, Monday-Wednesday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Thursday-Friday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 4:25 PM, Friday 4:27 PM
Candles Friday4:22 PM
Thursday-FridayRosh Chodesh Kislev
  • to the relatives of the Atar family from Psagot, Israel whose entire family of 8 were killed in a head on collision near the Dead Sea this week.
For up to date shiva and contact info:
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family, please click here
Mazal Tov
  • to Irene and Michael Okun on the engagement of their son Zachary to Aviva Miller
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
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Special Womens Learning Opportunities
Transmitting Torah: A Program for Women by Women
Made possible through a grant of the OUThis program will be geared toward women who are interested in preparing a dvar Torah or Shiur to be delivered at shul. The program will give women content to inspire their own thinking about different Torah thoughts and questions, and will practically help women prepare a shiur or dvar Torah from start to finish by teaching research skills, honing public speaking skills and finally through a series of one-on-one tutorials tailored to each participant's specific needs and interests. Starts Monday evening November 12 Presenter: Dena Block--Dena Block is the Steinmetz, Bernstein, Alexander Yoetzet Halacha at Congregation Agudath Sholom.
Adult Bat Mitzvah Program with Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen
It's never too late to re-engage with Torah and your heritage. Learning is a lifelong endeavor. Whether you formerly had a Bat Mitzvah or note, this new program will enable to reconnect with your past, present and future. The program consists of three components and will start in November. First, join the Crash Course in Basic Judaism with Rabbi Cohen (Starts Monday evening, October 29) , the Matan Class exploring Jewish women role models in the spring with Diane Cohen and one class of your choice from our array of learning opportunities. Second, we will share a special Shabbat dinner together with your families at the Cohen home. Third, you will prepare and share a brief Dvar Torah and reflection at the culmination celebration of the program in June 2018. For more information contact Rabbi Cohen and register for this unique program, contact Rabbi Cohen.
Matan with Diane Cohen: Exploring Jewish Women Role Models
Wednesday mornings at 10:15 AM A text based and interactive class on the great women of Jewish history. The curriculum is based on the acclaimed program in Israel.
CAS Young Families
  • November 17: Couples Night Out
  • November 18: Waffles and Torah for Dads and Kids
  • MOMMY AND ME GROUP Monday, November 5th from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM. The Mom Group is a great and easy way to form meaningful connections with other moms in your neighborhood. Join us for a weekly playdate with your little one and an opportunity to share your experiences, ask questions you need help with, gather resources, or just connect with other women.
Rabbi Office Hours
Update on Rabbi Cohen's & Rabbi Zweiter's Open Office HoursOpen Office Hours are an opportunity to drop by to see our Rabbis without an appointment. They will be available in their office for guidance or a chat. Rabbis will not schedule meetings during these hours, which will be held around the same time each week. Call the office to confirm Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Zweiter are not attending to an urgent matter outside the synagogue. Open Office Hour Times for this Week
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
  • Monday, November 5, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at CAS
  • Tuesday, November 6, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Friday, November 9, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06904
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, November 6, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, November 7, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, November 8, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of November 4
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayBob Abrams: The Tanach Club - Comparing Biblical Personalities - 10:15 AM
Bob Abrams: Crash Course in Reading Hebrew - 7:30 PM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Crash Course in Basic Judaism - 8:15 PM
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Depth of Genesis and the Rudiments of Rashi - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Lights and Insights of Chanukah - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms - 12:00 PM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Taste of Shabbat: A Practicum on Cooking and Warming Food on Shabbat - 7:30 PM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:30 AM
Adult Matan with Diane Cohen: Exploring Jewish Women Role Models - 10:15 AM
Rabbi Oran Zweiter: Fall Jewish History Series - 8:00 PM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Soloveitchik's work, Confrontation - 9:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Light of Psalms - 7:45 PM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Tractate Taanit - 8:15 PM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
Siyum Celebration
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Torah is the Pause that Refreshes!
A Project of Congregation Agudath Sholom
Complete Tractate Brachot (Blessings) in Mishna or Talmud this year and celebrate on Shavuot, June 9-10, 2019
Each Shabbat in shul, we will highlight two mishnayot and two folios of the Talmud. Study at home, in shul, on your own, or with a friend.
To learn more about the Talmud, download for free Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, The Essential Talmud
The Calendar of Goals (below) will be updated monthly.
For questions and more info, contact Rabbi Daniel Cohen at or Rabbi Oran Zweiter at
November Calendar
Shabbat Chaye Sara, November 3
Mishna: Chapter 2, Mishnayot 4-5; Talmud - Daf 10, 11
Shabbat Toldot, Novemebr 10th
Mishna: Chapter 2, Mishnayot 6-7 Talmud - Daf 12, 13
Shabbat Vayetze November 17th
Mishna: Chapter 2, Mishnayot 3-4; Talmud - Daf 14, 15
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Dec 1Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Dec 8Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen: open
Sponsor a kiddush! click here to see the menus
Email Matt and he will contact you or see Hecky or Irwin to arrange a Kiddush.
CAS Announcements
  • CAS MENS CLUB NOVEMBER EVENTS Nov 11 - 2-4pm CAS Men's Club and any and all volunteers will go across the street to the Church and make up packages for the homeless. Nov 13, 7:30 pm in the Chapel. Michael Weinstein will discuss his interactions with Holocaust Survivors while photographing 180 synagogues around the local NY area and his new book, Ten Times Chai. Nov.22, 9am-11am. We need kosher food donations, and workers for preparing a Thanksgiving meal for the EMS ambulance workers. Contact Sam Goldstein at or Mitchell Bell to help plan what to bring or donate. Thank you!
  • JUNIOR YACHAD WILL RETURN TO STAMFORD! Volunteers are needed for housing. All Yachad members are matched up with a staff member who will be responsible for them. The kids have varying degrees of abilities and disabilities including a wide range of developmental and learning disabilities, such as Down Syndrome, Autism, Asperger's and cerebral palsy, in general they are mild mannered. They can stay in either separate bedrooms or the same. There might be one or two girls in a wheelchair. The shabbaton is December 14th and 15th this year. No meals needed other than breakfast and they will be out of the house friday night for dinner and pretty much all day shabbas. To host, contact Sharon Wohlberg ( with number of people you can sleep, whether you have stairs or pets as well as our address and phone number.
  • NEVER FORGET: NEVER AGAIN: Join Rabbi Daniel Cohen and CAS for a Poland Heritage Tour this August.Details in bulletin. Join us for a Post Kiddush Conversation on Shabbat Nov. 17th with Steven Cohen on "The Transformative and Uplifting Power of a Heritage Trip".
  • JOIN OUR HOSPITALITY TEAM When someone new moves to town, we inform our hospitality team, who are thrilled to welcome them for a Shabbat meal. If you would like to be part of our hospitality team who are committed to hosting five new families a year, please contact Rabbi Cohen ( or our membership chair, Rachel Kaimowitz ( If you would like to be involved in welcoming people in alternative ways to shabbat hosting, we also have people who meet new members for coffee in the week, deliver welcome packs, or phone them to check how they're settling in. If this is something you might like to get involved in, we'd also love to hear from you!
  • HEALING VISITS MITZVAH UPDATE The healing visits team is a CAS group who visit people in the hospital, facilities or at home. It is a meaningful way to lift people's spirits and make a difference. You can offer as much time as you have for each person. Every week we send out a healing visit update. To join the team, contact Rabbi Cohen at
  • CAS FREE MEZUZAH CAMPAIGN IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT Bringing Blessings to Jewish Homes. Do you know a neighbor or a friend who lacks a mezuzah? CAS offers a free mezuzah and home visit to post this sacred scroll at the entrance to all Jewish homes in the area. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen:
  • JOIN THE CHEVRA KADISHA We need new volunteers for the Chevra - those willing to perform a tahara. Info: Please contact Rochel Attar at
  • IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING We need you to help secure our Synagogue. As you come to the building, please be aware of your surroundings. If you see something out of the ordinary, please let someone know about it. This will keep everyone safe.
  • WELCOME TO OUR SYNAGOGUE PROGRAM Every Shabbat we station ushers at the doors in the sanctuary to welcome people, assist them and enhance the service. We are expanding the usher roles to include a greeter in the lobby from 9-10:30 am. Please join the usher team. We need you and your smile. Info: Mitchell Bell.
  • COMMUNITY CHESED HELPERS An important role of the Chesed committee is outreach to the Shul's elderly and homebound, who are often isolated and lack a lifeline to our synagogue. Volunteer to reach out and identify needs, visit, or give a ride. Even small gestures mean a great deal Interested? Vivian Weiss at 203-323-0909 or If you are aware of elderly or homebound members in need of outreach, please notify Rabbi Cohen.
  • WE WANT YOU FOR BINGO! Players AND volunteers needed. Join in on the fun we have every MONDAY at 6:00 PM



Open Thursdays 10:00AM-2:00PM

We need volunteers! Please call Julie at (203) 321-6460 or Anne at (203) 321-5072

Community Announcements
  • SATURDAY NIGHTS @ SIX THIRTEEN Join us this Saturday, November 3rd, for a night of Live Music with Three Rabbis & a CikDoors open at 7:30 - Reservations recommended. Upcoming Saturday Night Events:11/17 - Wine Pairing and 12/8 - Scotch Pairing
  • BI-CULTURAL HEBREW ACADEMY OF CONNECTICUT, Connecticut's first Pre-K through Grade 12 Jewish day school, invites you to join us for our Open House on Sunday, November 4th. Come see for yourself how we integrate our fundamental principle, "Each student matters and every moment counts," into everything we do academically, spiritually, socially and emotionally. Early Childhood Sunday, November 4-10:00am-12:00noon, 2186 High Ridge Road, Stamford. Please RSVP to Denise Rafailov, 203-329-2186 ext 1310 or High School Sunday, November 4-1:30-4:00pm, 1937 W. Main Street, Stamford. Please RSVP to Sarah Rich, 203-357-0850 or
  • ISRAEL CANCER RESEARCH FUND -- 3RD ANNUAL HEROES FOR HOPE - Sunday, November 4, 6 pm Temple Beth El. Dinner & honoring three local oncologists: Drs. Paul Weinstein (Stamford Health/Bennett Cancer Center); Richard Zelkowitz (Norwalk Hospital); Beverly Drucker (Greenwich Hospital). Speakers: Andrew Faas -- cancer survivor, TED speaker. Mark Israel MD, ICRF Intn'l Exec Director & oncologist. Dietary laws observed. Proceeds to cancer research. Registration, info: or 203 321-1006. Leslie Freedman, PhD, Chair, 2018 Heroes for Hope. Ros Mangot, ICRF CT Area Chairwoman
  • BEN PORAT YOSEFF discover why we're celebrating 18 wonderful years of Ben Porat Yosef! Prospective families are invited to attend our upcoming Teaneck parlor meeting to learn more about our innovative educational experience. The parlor meeting will be hosted by Malka and Josh Einhorn on Monday, November 5th at 8 p.m. in the W. Englewood section of Teaneck. Email sharonagrossberg@benporatyosef for address and to RSVP.
  • KID'S TAG SALE Does your kid want to make money? Help your child declutter and exercise their decision making muscles! Kid's gather and sell gently-used items to other kids. Sunday, November 25, 2-4 PM at Chabad of Stamford, 770 High Ridge Road. Rent a Table for $10 - 10% of proceeds go to tzedaka. Contact Chaya Segal (718-757-6708 or to rent a table. Space is limited.
  • FAMILY FUN DAY AND PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE AT GAN YELADIM OF STAMFORD Sunday, November 11 - 9:30am-11:30am. Come learn about our program by taking a tour, meet our amazing Gan teachers and enjoy a morning filled with children's activities including puppet making with Corinne Chapman, ceramics with artist, Brett Slavin, Yoga with Kimberly from Family Tree Yoga, an interactive animal experience with Gan parent and Greenwich Audubon Assistant Director, Eli Schaffer, cooking, and so much more. Fun and Free for the whole family. RSVP appreciated to
  • JOIN UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S NEXTGEN 20'S, 30'S & 40'S group for a "Night of Good Spirits" on Saturday, November 3rd at 8:00pm, at the Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan. Enjoy a night out mingling, dining on delicious food, and sampling a variety of spirits and signature cocktails by Litchfield Distillery. The entertainment will feature Andrew Lustig, a performer who's spoken word poetry has reached millions in viral videos and live performances. His performance will have you laughing and feeling connected to the shared experiences of the Jewish people. $25pp in advance. To sign up call Sharon at 203-321-1373 ext. 109 or go to
  • CHANUKAH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY AT JEWISH SENIOR SERVICES We are looking for volunteers to help our residents light Chanukah candles and recite the b'rachot on Sunday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 9th from 3:00-4:00 pm. All volunteers are welcome. If you are interested, please contact Rabbi Stephen Shulman at or 203 396-1001. Thank you!
  • THE WOMEN'S AUXILIARY OF JEWISH SENIOR SERVICES cordially invites you to attend the 2018 Annual Membership meeting on Monday, Nov. 5th, 2018, 4:30 pm at 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT. Please come for the installation of the Board of Directors and listen to the guest speaker, Deborah Vadas Levison, author of The Crate: A Story Of War, A Murder, And Justice. Refreshments and lite bites will be served.
  • JEWISH NATIONAL FUND and Westchester Reform Temple invite you to the 6th Annual Water & Wine featuring Izzy Ezagui, "Overcoming the Odds: Returning to the IDF." Izzy is a decorated IDF squad commander and the only soldier in the world who returned to the battlefield after losing an arm in combat. Community-wide Dessert & Wine reception, November 29, 7:30pm, $36 couvert. VIP Reception 6:15pm for 2019 campaign donors of $1,800+; $500 for young families. Dietary law observed. For more information and to RSVP contact Sharon Lewis, Director, Westchester & Southern Connecticut,, 212-879-9305, ext. 510.
  • ISRAEL AT 70 Join United Jewish Federation for Israel at 70- A Visual Display of the Impact of Israel on the World, Wednesday, November 14th at 5:30pm, at the Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Words from Mayor David Martin, representatives from StandWithUS and The Israel Consulate of New England. Display will run through 12/12/18. Call 203-321-1373 for questions.
  • SUPER SUNDAY Save the Date for United Jewish Federation's Super Sunday Extravaganza on Sunday, November 18th from 9am-1:30pm. Fun activities for the whole family and volunteer opportunities for teens and adults- stop by to join in on the fun and do good in the process! 1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford (the J). For more information contact Sharon at ext. 109 or sign up to volunteer at
  • TAPESTRY Join United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan & Darien and UJA/JCC of Greenwich for Tapestry - a Community Celebration of Adult learning," November 10th at 6:30pm, 1035 Newfield Avenue in Stamford (the J). Choose from a variety of interesting classes and mingle with friends at a dessert reception following the sessions. For more information call 203-321-1373 or go to and click upcoming events. Co-sponsored by the Stamford JCC and the Stamford Board of Rabbis.
  • JOIN US AT SAR ACADEMY FROM 11/11-11/13 FOR ARTS EDJE, AN INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE-DRIVEN ARTS IN JEWISH EDUCATION ARTS EDJE is committed to nurturing high quality student work in the ARTS, cultivating joyful appreciation for the ARTS, giving children meaningful opportunities to impact community through the ARTS, and believing that we can engender students' enjoyment, engagement, and competency in the ARTS. Join us for a few days of interactive workshops in which we will focus on the theme, Nurturing Excellence: The role ARTS Education has on developing high quality student work and how to nurture that engagement and commitment to excellence. For more information, contact Sharon Marson at
  • SCHOKE JFS COAT DRIVE Schoke Jewish Family Service is collecting new or gently worn CLEAN winter coats, NEW hats, scarves, gloves and mittens for adults & children. Donations accepted until November 5th. Drop off locations: 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor in Stamford and 4200 Park Ave, Suite 300 in Bridgeport between 9 am - 4 pm Monday through Friday. For additional information, contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or
  • 2018 NEW ENGLAND JEWISH COLLEDIATE A CAPPELLA COMPETITION & SHOWCASE Sunday, November 4th at 4 pm at Temple Shalom, 300 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich. Come See A Cappella teams from East Coast Universities compete for the grand prize by performing songs in English and Hebrew. Tickets on sale as
  • ADL'S NEVER IS NOW SUMMIT is the nation's principal event focused on exploring the drivers of contemporary anti-Semitism, as well as looking at hate from all sides. The one-day conference is a blend of keynote plenaries, breakout sessions and workshops, and will cover topics such as global anti-Semitism, the vanishing political middle, hate speech on campuses, bias in pop culture, cyberhate and much more. The day is designed to inspire, educate and challenge participants to get involved and make a difference. Join ADL on December 3, 2018 to learn more about fighting hate for good. Learn more and register at using code CASNIN18 for special pricing!
  • IF YOU LOVE CHILDREN AND BOOKS, THAN UJF'S HERBERT AND SARAH M GIBOR READING PARTNERS PROGRAM IS THE PLACE FOR YOU! Come join our dedicated group of volunteers for the 2018-2019 school year. No degree or expertise is required. Training, workshops and ongoing support are provided to all volunteers. Volunteers in turn commit to a total of one hour per week, reading in the Stamford Public School system or an afterschool program, with two children in Grades K-3 who need some extra help. For more information please contact Lenore Fogel at United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien. 203-321-1373 x115 or
  • CAMP YAVNEH INFO SESSIONS - OCTOBER 18 AND NOVEMBER 13 Want to know why campers from 28 different states and 5 different countries love Camp Yavneh so much? Join us on Thursday, October 18 at 7 PM and Wednesday, November 13 at 5:30 PM to learn more about what sets Yavneh apart. Is it our approach to "doing Jewish"? Our small size (350 campers each session)? Or is it the immersive camping experience, lifelong friendships, sports and arts programs and beautiful waterfront? We say it is all of this and so much more. Sign up here to let us know if you can join us
  • DO A MITZVAH! CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE JFS KOSHER FOOD PANTRY by purchasing Mitzvah Baskets and/or Mitzvah Centerpieces instead of flowers for your next simcha at CAS. Distributions from the JFS Kosher Food Pantry have increased by more than 1000 since the recession. With this tremendous upsurge in use, JFS is constantly challenged to keep the food pantry full. Your generosity enables JFS to help those in our community in their greatest moments of need.
  • 7TH ANNUAL SAUL COHEN-SCHOKE JFS LECTURE on Thursday, November 8th at 7:30 pm Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, author of thirteen books on spirituality, social justice and ethics, will present, Spiritual Transformation: Changing the World from the Inside Out. The lecture will take place at the Ferguson Library in Stamford. Open to the entire community at no charge. A dessert reception will follow. Contact Jonathan Fass, COO, at 203-921-4161 or email For more details, visit
  • BRAIN FITNESS GROUP Session #1: October 15th, 22nd , and 29th , 10:30 - 12:00 pm at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue Want to stimulate your brain power? Sessions will focus on Organization and Planning, Memory-Word Finding and Visual Spatial Skills. Second session will be in November. Advance registration suggested. Light refreshments will be served. JCC Members: $8 per session. Open to the community at $10 per session. All threes sessions: $20 for JCC members/ $25 for community. To register, contact Connie Cirillo Freeman at 203-487-0983 or email For additional information, contact Dr. Toby Lazarus, Schoke JFS Brain Fitness Program Coordinator at 203-921-4161 or
  • LIVING WITH LOSS: SCHOKE JFS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP Mondays, 2:30 - 3:30 pm at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, Westport Find the healing which comes of being with others who know first-hand what you are going through. Learn how Jewish ritual, prayer and tradition can support the grieving process. For more information or to register, please contact Amanda Geffner, Schoke JFS Psychotherapist, at 203-921-4161 or email
  • EMPLOYMENT AND LIFE TRANSITIONS SUPPORT GROUP , Wednesdays, 1st and 3rd of every month, 3:00 pm at Stamford office of Schoke JFS. Looking for emotional support while searching for employment? Need practical help during the job search? Join the support group, facilitated by Lois Meyer, LMSW, Schoke JFS Case Manager, to help you through this transition. No cost. For registration, please contact Lois Meyer at 203-921-4161 or email
  • FINANCIAL FITNESS COACHING Twice a month at 10:00 am - 12 noon at Schoke JFS Stamford office. In partnership with LifeBridge and UJF, Financial Coach, Chris Girlamo, will help clients manage their income, expenses and debt, create a household budget, establish short and long-term financial goals, and make positive financial changes. Would you benefit from a financial coach to work with you to create and review your budget, formulate a financial action plan, establish short- and long-term financial goals, and review your credit report? Register for a two hour coaching spot with Liz Krebs at or call 203-368-5537. For more information, contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or email at
  • LET'S TALK Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Thursdays, Every other week, 10:30 AM, Free at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport Contact Rebekah Kanefsky, at 302-921-4161 or email at Tuesdays, 11 :00 AM, Free at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue, Contact Helene Wurtzel at 203-921-4161 or Let's Talk - Thursdays, 1:00 PM, Free at the Westport Senior Center, 21 Imperial Avenue, Westport. Contact Helen Wurtzel at 203-921-4161 or
  • YESHIVA UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS (MTA) invites you to join us at our Open House on Sunday, November 11th at 9:30 am. Register online at For more information, please contact Jono Fuchs, Director of Admissions at or 212-960-5400 x6676.
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Ari Sumi Ellman ben Na'ama
  • Ari Yoel ben Harav Yona
  • Chaya Blima bat Eyta
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Dovid Simcha Moshe ben Nechama
  • Ephraim Simcha ben Liba Yehudith
  • Ilan ben Simcha
  • Kasil Shulem ben Riva
  • Leiba Hannah bat Sarah
  • Meir ben Chana Rachel
  • Mia bat Yaffa
  • Miriam bat Miriam
  • Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Pnina bat Sarah
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Rivkah bat Shana Chaya and Shmuel
  • Shalom Benzion ben Necha
  • Sima Leah bat Yehudis
  • Sima gesha bat Dora
  • Tzaddik ben Yaffa
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
CAS Israel Advocacy Update
Take a Minute to Support Israel  Supporting Israel isn't hard -- there are many things that you can do that take literally one minute. The Israel Committee now has a website built on this idea. Go to for simple things that you can do, from calling your Congressional representatives to social media posts, that take only a minute or two. Check back frequently for updates and ideas for things you can do!

LIPS product of the week  Check out our new Love Israel Products Blog (LIPS) for the latest ways to support Israel! Thank you to Lola Halperin and Aaron Goldenberg for organizing.
Kosher Advisories
  • KOSHER ALERTS The OU reminds you to always check the label before purchasing any item that needs kosher certification! And for the latest corrective actions, stay up with the latest OU KOSHER CONSUMER ALERTS & ADVISORIES...just click here
  • KOSHER ADVISORY Breaking news from the OU - newly certified items! to check out the list click here
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